a fan of any movie from the 1930s-1950s you've most likely seen Irving
Bacon in something! He was a very busy character actor who began
his film career in 1915 during the silent movie days. It may seem
strange that I listed Irving Bacon in the "Regulars" cast section
because he left the film series in 1943, but for the first five years
of the Blondie movies his mailman character was such a memorable foil
for Dagwood Bumstead that many Blondie movie fans automatically think
of him when they think of Dagwood crashing into the mailman!
There were many great actors afterwards that played mailmen in the
Blondie movies, but Irving Bacon is the standard. He appeared in
these Blondie movies:
1. Blondie (1938)
2. Blondie Meets the Boss (1939)
3. Blondie Takes a Vacation
4. Blondie Brings Up Baby (1939)
5. Blondie on a Budget (1940)
6. Blondie Has Servant Trouble
7. Blondie Plays Cupid (1940)
8. Blondie Goes Latin (1941)
9. Blondie in Society (1941)
11. Blondie's Blessed Event
12. Blondie for Victory (1942)
13. It's a Great Life (1943)
14. Footlight Glamour (1943)
In the very first
movie, his mailman character was called Mr.
Beazley. From the second film on he was called Mr. Crumb.
What makes his mailman character so funny is that he tries to put up
with Dagwood as best he can, but gets so fed up with getting crashed
into all the time that he starts losing it. Mr. Crumb is always
devising various ways of avoiding Dagwood in the mornings and,
sometimes, payback! This mailman has a good reason to go "postal"!
was sometimes credited as Irving Back in his non-Blondie pictures, but
almost always as Irving Bacon. He was 6' tall (a very good height
for the late 19th-early 20th century). His brother was director
Lloyd Bacon and his father was actor/writer Frank Bacon who did many
early silent movies. Besides movies, Irving Bacon also appeared
quite frequently on stage and television.
I am always
looking for more
information, rare photos, etc. on anything
that involves anyone or anything about the Blondie movies. If you
have something concerning Irving Bacon that you'd like to share, please contact me.